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Adventure East, Indigenous Foraging Containers

April 30

Led by instructor Jennifer Lee, in this half day course, you will create your own indigenous container using harvested ash bark, that you will sew together with spruce root and finish with a red willow rim. In the Northeast Woodlands region, bark was used to make a diverse range of items, and this is an amazing opportunity to create something beautiful in the tradition of Jennifer Lee’s Native ancestors. All materials are included.

The culture of the indigenous people of the Northeast Woodlands is a culture influenced by bark (much like the culture of indigenous people of the Western Plains is a culture influenced by the bison).  In the Northeast Woodlands region, bark was used to make a diverse range of items such as canoes, wigwams, baby carriers and memory scrolls as well as harvesting and storing containers. In this half day course, you will create your own indigenous container using harvested ash bark, that you will sew together with spruce root and finish with a red willow rim. This authentic indigenous experience will be led by Jennifer Lee, an independent student of the history and culture of the indigenous people of the Northeast Woodlands.  Jennifer is a member of the Northern Narragansets – a tribe yet to be recognized by state and federal authorities.

To learn more about her work and view the many kinds of baskets that she creates, please visit her site here.